Cristiano Ronaldo recorded the 41st hat-trick of his Real Madrid career in their 4-2 victory over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
The reigning Ballon d’Or winner equalised for Madrid with a well-placed header on 76 minutes before scoring with his left and right foot in extra-time as his side advanced to the Champions League semi-finals.
It means Ronaldo has five goals over the course of the quarter-final tie having netted a brace in the 2-1 first-leg victory in Munich.
Tuesday’s perfect hat-trick was incredibly his 41st in just eight seasons at the Bernabeu since signing from Manchester United in 2009.
Ronaldo’s first hat-trick came back in May 2010 against Mallorca in La Liga – the competition where the bulk of his trebles have come.
The 32-year-old’s hat-trick against Bayern was his sixth in the Champions League – he has netted two in the Copa Del Rey and one in the Club World Cup.
That Club World Cup hat-trick against Japanese outfit Kashima Antlers in December took Ronaldo to a landmark of 40 trebles – clawing his side back from 2-1 down to a 4-2 victory as they won the trophy.
And his 41st treble was again crucial for his team on Tuesday, as Madrid were taken to extra-time when 10-man Bayern netted late on through Sergio Ramos’s own goal to make it 3-3 on aggregate.
Ronaldo’s second and third goals saw Madrid to the finish line but the strikes were marred in controversy as he appeared a yard offside for both. Marco Asensio netted a late fourth.
The 41st hat-trick is just the latest astounding statistic from another remarkable season for the goal-machine.
Having netted his 100th European goal with his first-leg double against Bayern last week, Tuesday night’s hat-trick meant he had scored a century of goals in the Champions League alone.
He is the leading scorer in the competition’s history and became the all-time assist leader with 31 during this season’s last-16 tie against Napoli.
Despite netting 118 times during his Manchester United career, Ronaldo only recorded one hat-trick during his time at Old Trafford – in a 6-0 win over Newcastle in January 2008.
To highlight his scoring prowess Ronaldo has the most hat-tricks in La Liga history (32) despite having played in Spain for just eight seasons. He is tied with Lionel Messi for the most in one season with eight, in 2014-15.
Ronaldo has now scored 395 times in 386 outings for Madrid and has 518 goals in 711 club appearances in total.